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Right Brain-to-Right Brain Psychotherapy: A Master Class with Allan Schore

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM


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Description: In this workshop Dr. Schore will offer a presentation and discuss the essential themes of his recently published book, Right Brain Psychotherapy. Referring to his current clinical, research, and theoretical studies on attachment theory, neuropsychoanalysis, traumatology, and psychotherapy, he will discuss the right brain emotional, relational, and neurobiological change mechanisms that lie at the core of the co-created therapeutic relationship. This lecture will also present an interpersonal neurobiological model of psychotherapeutic expertise for working with early-forming therapeutic reenactments of attachment trauma, especially in heightened affective moments of treatment. Dr. Schore will contend that our conception of the expert clinician has changed, from one who offers left brain insight-oriented interpretations in order make the unconscious conscious to an empathic clinician whose right brain optimally detects, processes, and regulates the patient’s right brain unconsciously communicated implicit bodily-based affective states in order to treat the patient’s symptomatology and promote the patient’s emotional and social development. He will discuss how very recent groundbreaking hyperscanning studies of the brains of both the patient and the therapist in a psychotherapy session confirm his model of synchronized right brain-to-right brain nonverbal emotional communication of attachment dynamics within the burgeoning therapeutic alliance. Offering both clinical data and a large body of interdisciplinary research he will suggest that neurobiologically-informed, emotionally-focused treatment facilitates therapeutic changes in the connectivity of the “emotional” “social” right brain, and that the incorporation of current studies of brain laterality research into models of the therapeutic relationship allows for a deeper understanding of not only why but how psychotherapy works, “beneath the words” of the patient and therapist.

Mucci review Schore Right Brain Psych 21 .pdf

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Learning Objectives: 

  1. How the current paradigm shift is emphasizing the primacy of affect and the centrality of implicit, unconscious processes in development, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapy.
  2. How psychotherapeutic models are being transformed by updated developmental studies of the right brain, which is dominant for processing social-emotional information and relational stress, attachment, clinical intuition, empathy, and creativity.
  3. How right brain-to-right brain nonverbal communication described by regulation theory offers a model of clinical expertise for receiving, processing, and regulating the patient’s bodily-based affective states, and how this model is supported by current hyperscanning research of the interaction between the clinician’ and patient’s right brains in an emotionally focused psychotherapy session.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine. He is author of six seminal volumes, including Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Classic Edition, and two recently published books, Right Brain Psychotherapy and The Development of the Unconscious Mind, as well as numerous peer reviewed articles and chapters. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, developmental psychology, infant mental health, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. He is past editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, and has received a number of honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has extensively lectured internationally, and has had a private psychotherapy practice for more than four decades.

Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM meeting.

  • This webinar is planned to be recorded
  • Closed Captioning available

This WORKSHOP meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
  • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
  • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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